Andrew Ahn made his directorial debut with the 2016 drama “Spa Night.” Joe Seo plays David Cho, a teen who begins working at a men’s spa in Los Angeles’ Koreatown district before going on to play Kyler in the “Karate Kid” series “Cobra Kai.” David discovers shortly after finishing his work that some of the spa’s customers use the facility as a hook-up. This realisation wakes David up; who cares how his conservative parents react to his homosexuality?
The key and commercial success of this independent film circuit was “Spa Night,” the best narrating feature of the Boston LGBT Film Festival, and the John Cassavetes Award for his films at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. According to Variety, Ahn’s next film as a director will be “Fire Island,” a reference to the actual New York City Fire Island located to the south of Long Island.
Prior to Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Searchlight Pictures, formerly known as Fox Searchlight, will release “Fire Island.” As a result, the film will be released directly to Hulu in the United States, as well as internationally via Star on Disney+, a tool for Disney-owned content outside of the United States. The release date of “Fire Island” has yet to be announced by the film’s producers.
According to sources, filming will begin this August in both New York City and Fire Island. As a result, “Fire Island” is unlikely to be released in 2021, and even less likely to be finished in time for a 2022 release. The release months are most likely determined by whether the film is a fun summer film or a prestige film with a high reward potential. “Fire Island” will most likely be released in 2023.
On “Fire Island,” comic actors Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang square off.
Booster also wrote the original screenplay for the film. He has already appeared on the thousand-year-old mystery television show “Search Party,” Larry David’s long-running sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and Nicolas Cage’s “Swear Words History.” Booster was named one of the “11 Asian American comic books that slayed it this year – and should be on your 2020 radar” in 2019.
Yang was best known in Hollywood as a writer and featured performer on “Saturday Night Live.” He also appeared in the critically acclaimed sitcom “Broad City” and the recent comedy hit “Girls5Eva.” He will also lend his voice to the upcoming Netflix animated film “The Monkey King.” Yang was named to TIME Magazine’s annual “TIME 100 Next” list in 2019, which “shows 100 emerging stars shaping the future of business, entertainment, sport, politics, science, health, and more.”
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